10 Years

10 Years Trailer

This contest is now closed. Thanks for entering! While some of you may have spent the Wednesday before Thanksgiving at your very own high school reunion (as seems to be the tradition, so Zack and Miri Make a Porno remind us), like most things, it’s an experience that seems to go down much more smooth when consumed cinematically, and in the comfort of your own home. So let’s forget our high school years and just watch Anchor Bay’s 10 Years instead! For your movie-going pleasure, we’re giving away one (1) 10 Years prize pack, which includes a DVD of 10 Years, along with Blu-rays of a whole mess of other great Anchor Bay titles: Happythankyoumoreplease, My Week With Marilyn, Paper Heart, Blue Valentine, and Daydream Nation. Yes, that will fill up your home video collection quite nicely. To win one (1) prize pack, all you have to do is jump down into the comments section and let us know the title of your favorite high school-centric film (be it The Breakfast Club or Fast Times at Ridgemont High or Clueless or anything else close to your heart). Please also provide your email address in your comment. This contest is only open to U.S. residents. The contest will close on Friday, December 21st, at 6:00PM PST. The winner will be chosen at random to receive one 10 Years prize pack as described above. After the break, check out a look at the DVD and the film’s official trailer.

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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Killer Joe Chris (Emile Hirsch) is having a bad day, but when he decides the key to solving all of his problems is to have his mother whacked by a hit man (Matthew McConaughey) he discovers that things can always get worse in this refreshing return from William Friedkin. Gina Gershon, Thomas Haden Church and Juno Temple are all along for the violent and darkly comedic ride, but it’s McConaughey who shines through the grime, brutality and Southern hospitality gone bad. He excels as a cruel bastard looking for love in some very wrong places who’s unafraid to take what he wants even if that means abusing Gershon with a KFC drumstick. Also available on DVD. [Extras: Featurette, Q&A, SXSW intro, commentary, trailer]

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10 Years Review

The high school reunion film genre has been so flooded with entries that it’s reached the point of being nothing short of played out, so any new entry needs to justify its existence by offering some kind of unique spin on the usual, or at least by featuring characters that transcend the normal archetypes. Writer-director Jamie Linden fails on both counts in his 10 Years and seems to think that the film’s all-star cast compensates for those deficiencies. It doesn’t. No matter how much you love Channing Tatum, Aubrey Plaza, Anthony Mackie, Chris Pratt, Ari Graynor, or any of the other notables who turn up here, there’s no getting around the simple, basic fact that Linden’s movie doesn’t tell a story. It merely brings to life the world’s least interesting reunion, featuring a swath of staggering dullards played by talented people.

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10 Years Trailer

The high school reunion comedy is a sub-genre that’s ripe with drama and conflict. You’ve got the lost loves, the old rivalries, the people who have improved their stations in life butting up against those who have been taken down a peg, the people who have refused to grow up interacting with those that have gotten completely lame, and probably a handful of other familiar tropes that always seem to pop up. But that means that the high school reunion comedy is also a sub-genre that’s ripe with cliché, because, let’s face it, every single movie that falls into it always covers these exact same things. What’s the secret of making a good one then, if there isn’t much room for being unique? Probably making sure that the familiar material is at least infused with wit, and getting a talented cast to deliver it. Just from the trailer for 10 Years, it’s clear that this movie has the latter part of that equation taken care of. Just look at the names in this cast: Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Oscar Isaac, Justin Long, Ron Livingston, Kate Mara, Ari Graynor, etc… Whether this movie feels a little familiar or not, with a cast like that there’s guaranteed to be something in there worth watching.

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